Author Archives: Jeff Sorg

Jeff Sorg is a co-founder of OnlineEd®, a Web-based vocational school founded in 1997 where he also serves as Corporate Secretary, Chief Operating Officer, and School Director. Sorg holds vocational instructor licenses in Oregon, Washington, California, and Nevada and has authored numerous pre-licensing and continuing education courses. Sorg was awarded the International Distance Education Certification Center's CDEi Designation for distance education in 2008. OnlineEd® provides real estate, mortgage broker, insurance, and contractor pre-license, post-license, continuing education, career enhancement, and professional development and designation courses over the Internet.

Financial Crimes Enforcement Targets Shell Companies Purchasing Luxury Properties

Geographic Targeting Orders expanded to include Honolulu, Hawaii  OnlineEd Blog (August 23, 2017) (WASHINGTON, Aug. 22, 2017/FinCEN) The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) today announced the issuance of revised Geographic Targeting Orders (GTOs) that require U.S. title insurance companies to identify the natural persons behind shell companies used to pay for high-end residential real estate in seven […]

Homeless Population Increases as Rents Rise

Portland and Seattle have declared states of emergency in response to the number of people experiencing homelessness By Jeff Sorg, OnlineEd Blog (PORTLAND, Aug. 3, 2017/Zillow®/) Rising rents urban areas are creating crisis levels of homelessness that will continue or accelerate as rents rise, Zillow® research has found. The connection between homelessness and increasing rents is especially strong […]

Environmental Series: Molds and Fungi in the Home

Molds and Fungi are simple organisms medically known to cause a host of health symptoms By Jeff Sorg, OnlineEd Blog (July 21, 2017) (PORTLAND-OR) – Fungi are medically known to cause allergies, hypersensitivity pneumonitis (HP), humidifier fever, infections, mushroom poisoning, mycotoxicoses, and mucous membrane irritation. Some of the Penicillium, Aspergillus, Stachybotrys, Paecilomyces, and Fusarium can be hazardous […]

Oregon Real Estate Agents Who Flip Houses May Need a Contractor License

Sometimes an Oregon real estate licensee will be operating as a contractor and not even know it! By Jeff Sorg, OnlineEd Blog (July 21, 2017) (PORTLAND-OR) Sometimes an Oregon real estate licensee will be operating as a contractor and not even know it! ORS 701 defines a contractor as ” . . . a person who, for […]

Environmental Series: Volatile Organic Compounds in the Home

Exposure to these compounds can have acute health effects on humans and their pets. By Jeff Sorg, OnlineEd Blog (July 20, 2017) (PORTLAND, OR) Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are emitted as gases from certain types of solids or liquids. A typical indoor environment may contain as many as 100 different compounds causing concentrations up to ten […]

Home Buying a Strong Boost to Overall Economy

In their first year of ownership, new home buyers spend about $10,601  By Jeff Sorg, OnlineEd Blog (July 14, 2017) A new consumer spending analysis from the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) highlights another reason why home building helps drive a healthy economy: In their first year of ownership, new home buyers spend about $10,601 […]

Environmental Series: Underground Storage Tanks for Heating Oil

An Underground Oil Tank Could be an Economic Liability for the Property Owner at the Time it is Discovered By Jeff Sorg, OnlineEd Blog (July 13, 2017) There are many problems associated with underground storage tanks (USTs) for heating fuel. In the past, heating oil tanks (HOTs) were installed underground, outside and above ground or above […]

Environmental Series: Lead-Based Paint Hazards Disclosure Rules

Sellers and Lessors must disclose known information about lead-based paint By Jeff Sorg, OnlineEd Blog (July 6, 2017) In 1994, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and HUD drafted federal regulations on the disclosure of lead-based paint hazards in residential properties built before 1978 to comply with the Residential Lead-based Paint Hazard Act of […]

Redfin Study: Middle-Class African-Americans and Hispanics Priced Out of Hot West Coast Markets

Fewer than five percent of homes for sale in Portland, Los Angeles, and Denver were affordable on median African-American and Hispanic incomes in 2016 By Jeff Sorg, OnlineEd Blog (June 30, 2017) In 2016, just 18 percent of homes for sale in the 30 largest U.S. metros were affordable for middle-class Hispanic families and 14 […]

Environmental Series: Oregon Drug Houses

Methamphetamine drug manufacturing houses do exist in Oregon and require special attention By Jeff Sorg, OnlineEd Blog (June 27, 2017) The process required to manufacture meth is easy, with the raw materials necessary for its production readily available to the public. Recipes and information for the manufacture of the drug are found on the Internet. […]

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